Eligibility & Application Process

As an assistance dog organization in Florida,  our client base consists of those seeking mobility dogs. Our mobility dogs are geared for individuals with disabilities such as balance issues and those utilizing wheelchairs or other assistive devices due to physical disabilities that impact their mobility.

Potential Genesis clients are required to fill out an initial application which is then reviewed by the training director and an advisory board.  The next steps in the process will be determined based on the needs of the applicant.

If the advisory board feels Genesis can help the candidate, eligability-process-2Service Dog applicants will be contacted to setup an interview and/or sent a detailed application.  If the board feels the candidate is not an appropriate match, the candidate will be notified.

Determination as to whether an applicant qualifies to receive a Genesis assistance dog in Florida is based upon the ability of the person to physically and emotionally care for a dog as well as the applicant’s medical condition and living environment. The entire family must be engaged in the process of having a dog as a member of their family.  If the client is unable to physically manage and care for the dog, there must be a caregiver designated to see to the daily care and needs of the dog.

If the applicant is approved, he or she will be notified eligability-process-3and placed on the waiting list. Genesis will contact the applicant approximately twice a year to update status.

Genesis takes great care in matching our clients with the most appropriate dog. Dog placement is based upon a complex matching process and is not based upon your place on the waiting list.

If you are interested in applying for a mobility assistance dog in Florida, please complete our client application. If you have additional questions, please contact us.